Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Diagnosing the Match

We are in the heart of EM residency interview season here in the United States. This has been an anxiety provoking year for all involved.

Applicants and their advisors are worried because they do not have as many interviews as they expected.

Residency programs have unprecedented numbers of applications this year and are worried they are not interviewing enough candidates.

The Council of Residency Directors (CORD) Student Advising Task Force and the Emergency Medicine Residency Association (EMRA) worked together to try to shed some light on these events. The result of this collaboration, written by Zach Jarou (@zachjarou), a resident at the Denver Health EM Residency, and myself, was just published on EM Resident. We looked at recent match data and a survey of residency program directors to figure out how we got here and what we can do going forward.

This is a long article, with a lot of data, but after reading it you should have a better idea of where you stand in the application process AND what you can do now to improve your chances.

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